Monday, December 16, 2013

My husband is a Nurse Anesthetist

Why? Why did my husband become a CRNA?
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It's a question both of us get often. That and what is a CRNA?
CRNA stands for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. In other words, my husband practices Anesthesia. He gives epidurals to women in labor. He gives spinals to women having C-sections. He puts people asleep that are having surgery.
No. He is NOT a Doctor. He does not hold a Doctorates Degree in Anesthesia. He holds a masters degree in anesthesia. He practices anesthesia off of his Nursing License. He stays up to date with all Nursing Requirements as well as his Advance Practice Nursing License. And that's just the way he likes it.
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You want to know the answer to the first question, right? The one I flew right on by... Why? Why did my husband become a CRNA?
Well, it's not straight forward. My husband became a CRNA because he didn't know what he wanted to be right at the start. If he did he would have gone through med school to become an Anesthesiologist. Instead he got to the same type of career in a round about way. He knew he wanted to be in the med field. He just wasn't sure how far he wanted to go. He started as an EMT and then advanced to a Paramedic. Once he was a Paramedic he advanced to a Nurse. He had no plans to further his career. During the time he was working as a Nurse is when he was first introduced to the possibility of furthering his Nursing Career. He could either become a Nurse Practitioner or a Nurse Anesthetist. After looking into both of these career options he decided Nurse Anesthetist would best suit him. So after working the one year required to apply to CRNA Programs he applied and was accepted right away. And that is how my husband became a CRNA.
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Would we do it again? Absolutely. Holding an Advance Practice Degree in Nursing has opened a whole new World of opportunities for my husband and our family. He has the choice to work for a Hospital directly, a group full of Anesthesia providers, or on his own as an Independent Provider. Anywhere that is open to working with CRNA's we are free to go.
Would we recommend you advance your Nursing Career by becoming a CRNA? Yes. Yes. Yes. Don't wait any longer. Do it now. You won't regret it. Becoming a Nurse is just the start of your future. Furthering your education beyond your nursing degree is controlling your destiny.

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